Hawthorn Hedges in Kangaroo Ground Colour 1 - Shire of Eltham Heritage Study 1992
Statement of Significance
Last updated on - January 5, 2010
REVISED STATEMENT OF SIGNIFICANCE, CONTEXT, 2010
What is significant? The c1860s/1870s Hawthorn hedges (Crataegus monogyna) in the defined area and their sites to a radius of 100 metres (See also HO44, HO80 & HO87).
How is it significant? The Hawthorn hedges are historically and aesthetically significant to the Shire of Nillumbik.
Why is it significant? The Hawthorn hedges are historically significant because the planting of hawthorn hedges reflects the adoption of European farming techniques by the Kangaroo Ground population in the period following settlement and because the grid pattern of paddocks that the Hawthorn hedges define is very different to today's farm landscapes (Criterion A). They are also historically significant because such planting is now rare in or around the Melbourne area and this is one of the only parts of the Shire of Nillumbik in which hedges still grow (Criterion B). The hedges are aesthetically significant because they grow to three metres in height and, in the undulating landscape, form a major landscape feature (Criterion E).